News & Public Affairs

Tuesday July 22, 2014

THE COLUMBIA SHUTTLE DISASTER AND THE DANGER OF NUCLEAR POWER IN SPACE

Investigative reporter Karl Grossman has been looking at NASA's plans for launching more nuclear powered space vehicles. In the wake of the shuttle disaster last weekend at least 12,000 pieces of the craft have been recovered. Grossman says that if the Columbia had carried nuclear fuel, a wide area of Texas and Louisiana would have been contaminated. Grossman warns that NASA internal documents show there is a higher risk of catastrophic failure in rocket launches and shuttle landings than has...

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DR. HELEN CALDICOTT

Caldicott is a co-founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility and has long been concerned about the danger of nuclear weapons. In this live interview she talked about the Bush administration's push for a war with Iraq, the use of nuclear material in the last Gulf War, the concept of "First Strike", and the health effects of depleted uranium on soldiers and civilians.

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INTERVIEW WITH TAMPA MAYORAL CANDIDATE FRANK SANCHEZ

Sanchez, a former aide to Governor Bob Graham and President Bill Clinton answered questions about discrimination, police chases, East Tampa development, cultural diversity, trade with Cuba, the prevailing wage rate, and his vision for Tampa.

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THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF THE ISRAELI OCCUPATION ON THE PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES

John Reese, a peace activist and a hydrogeologist from Seattle recently spent seven months in the territories. He talked about new evidence of environmental impacts of war and occupation on the Earth and on Palestinian communities. Water is contaminated and groundwater tapped out. Israeli and Palestinian waste pollutes villages, streams and Palestinian farmlands. Ancient olive trees are ripped from the ground and this is all in addition to the destruction wreaked by war and its industrie...

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EYEWITNESS IN VENEZUELA

Jim Gary, a St. Petersburg-based Green Party activist and self-professed "computer geek" is in Caracas, Venezuela. He is offering his computer skills to the embattled government of President Hugo Chavez. Chavez is facing a challenge from opponents in sectors of the military and the state-run oil industry who are calling on him to resign. Gary offered his eyewitness account of anti-Chavez demonstrations and life in embattled Venezuela.

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STATE OF THE UNION: HEARING VOICES

Producer Scott Carrier recently traveled from the West coast of the U.S. to the East coast to gather public opinion about the state of the union. In this segment we heard Scott's documentary about the trip including the views of a diverse group of people who had thoughts about the march toward war, the health of the economy, racism, U.S. relations with other nations and the growing concentration of power in the U.S.

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MILITARY FAMILIES SPEAK OUT

As the Bush administration moves us closer to war, families of military members are organizing to oppose war at this time. One such group is Military Families Speak Out, founded by Charlie Richardson, Nancy Lessin and Jeffrey MacKenzie in Jamaica Plain, MA. Our guest, Charlie Richardson, says that military families have a unique role to play in speaking out against the war in Iraq because their loved ones will be on the battlefront.

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